Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell is an award-winning think tank founder and director, writer, leadership trainer, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Director of the Policy Centre for African Peoples, a think tank established in 2008 in the UK to provide a platform for the engagement and education of African individuals and key stakeholders in Europe, Africa and elsewhere. Sylvie is also the Founder and Chief Executive Director of Medzan Ltd, a leadership and self-development company created in the UK in 2013. Using African leadership and self-development concepts as inspiration, Sylvie has designed first-class courses that provide results-focused training to leaders, established or aspiring professionals, and young people.
Before founding the Policy Centre and Medzan Ltd, Sylvie served as UK Director of the Nigeria-based think tank Centre for Democracy and Development for over 3 years. Prior to that, she worked for institutions promoting human development, education and rights in Africa, Britain, Spain and elsewhere for nearly 10 years. In addition, Sylvie is a writer who publishes books and stories under the pseudonyms Susan Akono and Chantal Aboa.
Sylvie’s leadership and dedication to the promotion of human development and education through her work, writings, lectures, radio and television appearances has brought her international recognition. She won the 2013 African Diaspora’s Community Hero Award, and was short-listed as Author of the Year, Career Woman of the Year and Role Model of the Year for the 2013 Women for Africa Awards. She was also recently appointed a Board Member of the South Africa-based think tank African Democratic Institute, short-listed for the 2014 African Achievers Awards in the category of Excellence in the Diaspora, selected as one of the Royal Society of Arts’ Diaspora Change Makers, and chosen as a Judge for the 2015 British Awards for Africa’s Development and the 2015 and 2016 Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards.
Sylvie, who has a Master of Philosophy in Postcolonial Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid, and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and several African languages, has produced articles and comments for numerous media including The Guardian, BBC, Vox Africa, Press TV, The New Londoner, Colourful Radio, The Huffington Post, TeamPlayer 360, Ben TV, AllAfrica.com, and Arise TV.
Sylvie’s Sample Outputs
- Read Sylvie’s Article Je Suis Africa, AllAfrica.com, 28 January 2021
- ‘Myth-Busting: A sine qua non for Africa’s development in the 21st century’, October 2014
- Video: Interview on the Challenge of Ebola in Africa, Arise TV, 18 November 2020
- Interview of Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell by Women in Foreign Policy, October 2014
- Podcast: Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell on The Guardian Global Development Podcast, March 2014
- Watch Sylvie’s comments on the Paper Review on Vox Africa TV, December 2013
- Video of the Debate on Nelson Mandela and Education of Girls in Africa on Africa Today, December 2013
- African Women’s Decade Interview of Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell by Make Every Woman Count, October 2013
- ‘A Festival to Highlight the African Diaspora’s Contribution to the World’, Huffington Post, July 2013
- ‘Something Truly New Out of Africa‘, Huffington Post, June 2013
- Debate on the 50 years of the African Union on Press TV, May 2013
- ‘Pitching Africa as a Land of Opportunities‘, Vox Africa, April 2013
- ‘Our Timeless Quest for Humankind’ , Funny Women, March 2013
- The Guardian Global Debate on Migration, February 2013
- Bala in the Mali Kingdom, Ponte Invisible, October 2012
- The African Union and the Battle for Africa’s Soul in the 21st Century, essay, June 2012
- Debate on Democracy in Africa, Africa Today, April 2012
- ‘Brought Together by the Olympics’, The New Londoner, Spring 2012
- ‘Galvanising Younger Africans into Action’, April 2012
- ‘The Un-African Nature of Racism’, March 2012
- ‘So Who or What Is African?’ February 2012
- Debate on Oil Exploitation in Nigeria, November 2011
- The Demophile Deal for Africa: Blueprint for a New Western Policy Towards Africa, April 2011
- An Unsung African Marvel: The Case for Somaliland’s Independence, February 2011